Parenting website Now To Love has released a list of the top 10 child-friendly pubs (and a club) in the Harbour City. If your venue is family focused, they could be well worth a visit for a little inspiration.
The Newport, Newport
Set on the shores of Pittwater and nestled among idyllic gardens with a variety of outdoor dining spaces and bars, The Newport is a children’s heaven and a parents’ paradise.
The Newport’s menus include Australian grass-fed beef burgers, ever-classic fish and chips, wood-fired pizzas, and a wide range of fresh salads but the kid appeal really lies in their ability and freedom to run around as well as play with one of the many games on offer.
Think badminton, ping pong and a giant magnetic Scrabble board and you’ll have just one of the many reasons families flock here to enjoy the relaxed vibe. They even have The Reptile Man on Sundays for some extra kid-friendly entertainment.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
This newly refurbished pub whose views stretch over the water to Cockatoo Island, may not have a dedicated playroom to keep the kids happy, but every Saturday between 1pm-3pm there’s a free children’s activities organiser to take charge of the little ones with a whole load of games on The Lawns. Feed them off the delicious kids’ menu afterwards and they’ll receive a complimentary ice cream spider.
The Ettamogah, Kellyville Ridge
The Ettamogah Bistro is open seven days a week with an extensive menu and indoor/outdoor dining and drinking facilities that make going out with the family a breeze. There’s also an outdoor playground plus a jumping castle, rock climbing wall and an arcade.
The Ranch, North Ryde
The Ranch Hotel has built up a fantastic reputation for itself over the years. The family-friendly bistro is the core of the business with regular weekly specials providing an attractive place for families to have an early dinner and drink. A recent popular addition is the kids’ play area and arcade room which allows parents a great opportunity to let the kids play in a safe environment while they kick back and relax. Kids also eat free all day Saturday and Sunday.
The Henson, Marrickville
The Henson Park has a rich and wonderful history with the folk of Sydney’s inner-west. The front bar is an honest working-class bar, while the back area has undergone a transformation, paying homage to its art deco roots. Best of all, the leafy beer garden has a large adjoining children’s area for families and children of all ages. Almost everything on the menu made in-house or sourced from local suppliers making this a real Sydney institution.
Northies Cronulla Hotel, Cronulla
You can’t go past Northies’ stunning panoramic view with wall-length windows looking out onto the sunlit greenery and crashing waves of North Cronulla beach. The menus boast everything you love about modern Australian pub flare combined with an Italian influence and best of all, from 10am to 5pm daily, kids can roam free in a dedicated children’s play area. During the week children eat free with a dining adult and on Sundays, families can enjoy live music and face painting.
The Greens, North Sydney
Nestled in the middle of a park with views over Sydney Harbour The Greens is perfect for a family brunch or lunch. A café-slash-bar-slash-bowling club, with a garden party like feel, they have a petting zoo and face painting on Sundays from 1pm -3pm to keep the littlies busy. They also host family-friendly events throughout the year.
Coogee Pavillion, Coogee
Offering casual dining in a fun, beachside setting, the Coogee Pavilion is a great spot for adults with kids to get out without drowning in brightly-coloured plastic play equipment. The ground floor space is part marketplace, part hangout spot, and sports a stripped-back aesthetic complemented by the odd nautical flourish. It is a great location for family get-togethers, coffee dates or catching up with friends, particularly as you’re only ever a few seconds away from the beach.
The Golden Barley, Enmore
The art deco façade of The Golden Barley will welcome you into its charming arms. The art deco style façade of the venue gives way to a leafy, expansive beer garden. The rustic, long tables make this pub the ideal choice for lazy family afternoons.
The Fiddler, Rouse Hill
Adorned with climbing vines, hanging ferns, and an abundance of greenery, stepping into The Fiddler is like exploring a modern wonderland. Boasting a sprawling network of bars, dining areas, and function spaces, it’s a great spot to feast, graze, sip, and indulge any day or night of the week. There’s also a great food offering, a distinctive drinks menu and a unique child-friendly al fresco setting to keep everyone happy.